With golf’s second major of the year on the horizon, all attention is turning towards Pinehurst and the US Open.
And there are few professional golfers who will be more determined to win the competition that Lee Westwood. Westwood has developed a reputation as one of the finest players to have ever played the sport whilst never winning a major and he will be keen to put that right when the US Open commences on the June 12.
Before that though, the Englishman will be playing in Memphis at the St. Jude Classic, which starts on Thursday. And the 41-year-old took to social media site Twitter to express his excitement for the upcoming fortnight, as he looks to secure two titles in quick succession.
He tweeted: “Off to Memphis for the St Jude and then onto Pinehurst for the US Open. 2 great weeks coming up.”
Westwood will come up against a strong field in Memphis, even if it doesn’t possess the quality that the one at the US Open does, and will have to be on his game if he is to secure the first of the two titles that he is targeting in the upcoming weeks.
Dustin Johnson heads into the competition as the favourite, but the likes of Phil Mickelson, Harris English and Ian Poulter will all be hoping to head the competition on Sunday.
Westwood will not just have to fight against the rest of the field, either. He will have to prove the form book wrong if he is to finish at the top of the leader board. He has not won a competition on the tour this season and only has two top ten finishes to his name in 12 tournaments.
Worse still for him is the fact that he has missed two cuts in relatively quick succession of late. He failed to make the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and also suffered the same fate at the Wells Fargo Championship in April.
One source of optimism for Westwood is that he placed sixth in the Players Championship, the last competition he played in, and he will be hoping that he can find that sort of form once again this week. After that his immediate attention will turn to the US Open, where he will be competing against the very best golf has to offer.
He will go into the tournament encouraged by his previous showing at The Masters, where once again he was close to victory in a major tournament but ultimately fell short – finishing in seventh place.
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